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System Safety Engineer at WSP

System Safety Engineer

WSP London, Greater London Full Time
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About the Role:

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

WSP’s System Engineering, Integration and Assurance (SEIA) Group enables integrated, reliable and safe solutions using a holistic approach and proven methodologies delivering benefits, value and confidence to clients and all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle.

We are looking for System Safety Engineers to join our highly reputable team based at London, Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham. This role provides a fantastic career opportunity to provide leadership on some of the most challenging and complex UK and international rail projects, whilst supporting the development and growth of our safety team through the sharing of your knowledge and experience.

A typical week would include:

  • Providing system safety leadership and guidance to our clients on large, complex projects. This could include: Technical and project management from the bidding stage through to delivery.Planning and chairing Hazard Identification and / or Risk Assessment workshops including Explicit Risk Estimation on specific areas that may be qualitative or quantitative.Preparing, checking or approving key safety documents including System Definitions, Safety Plans, Hazard Records and Safety Justification Reports; demonstrating the application of CSM-RA for rail projects that deliver technical, operational and/or organisational change.Representing WSP and/or our clients at System Review Panel (SRP) meetings.Liaising with and managing the relationship with independent assessors (ISA / AsBo).
  • Supporting the development of our junior team, providing mentorship where appropriate, and acting as the focal point for technical expertise and guidance.
  • Working collaboratively with our clients and internal teams in the development of designs, technical standards, specifications and requirements for rail projects.
  • Encouraging and promoting the innovation and implementation of new techniques and tools which may improve efficiency and effectiveness of the services offered by SEIA.
  • Identifying and progressing opportunities for safety engineering on UK and international projects.
  • Developing the ‘brand’ and reputation of SEIA through active involvement with industry partners and professional engineering institutions. This may include sitting on councils, committees and working groups which promote and drive technical excellence in the field of system safety, and / or writing and presenting papers at conferences and events.
  • We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • A degree in a technical engineering related discipline, or extensive relevant experience.
  • Significant post-graduate experience in system safety engineering (rail desirable, but not essential).
  • Corporate membership with an appropriate professional institution (e.g. SaRS, IET, IMechE).
  • Professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (or significant progression towards that goal).
  • Proven ability to provide technical leadership to a team of System Safety Engineers.
  • Proven ability to support a safety approach, engineering activities and/or arguments to clients, acceptance/approval and regulatory authorities in the UK, with international experience desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the Common Safety Method on Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-RA) Regulation on UK rail projects.
  • Familiarity with the Interoperability Regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of CENELEC EN 50126/8/9.
  • Knowledge and experience with Engineering Safety Management (e.g. iESM or Yellow Book).
  • Knowledge and background in a mainline or metro railway discipline, e.g. signalling, telecoms, E&P.
  • Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working on international projects.
  • Industry recognition in the field of system safety.
  • Fellowship with an appropriate professional institution (e.g. SaRS, IET, IMechE).
  • Experience in other sectors (e.g. aviation, nuclear, defence).
  • Experience in the consultancy environment, including as an Assessment Body or Independent Safety Assessor.
  • What if we can?

    What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

    WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

    As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

    Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

    Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

    In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

    About us:

    We value our people and our reputation

    We stand for attracting, developing, engaging and retaining the best professionals in our fields of expertise, because our people are what make us great. We put the highest ethical standards at the centre of all we do. We are professional, humble and act with moral and intellectual integrity, keep our word, treat everyone with respect, support our colleagues and embrace diversity.

    We care about individuals and their progress and offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals. We promote our young recruits because we believe fresh perspectives bring great ideas and new energy.

    Find your career path at WSP.


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